and Chinese Taipei too. They are rated 70th in the world, while India is placed 55th. Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the Indian squad had a series of exposure trips and international matches last year, including a match against past World Cup runners-up Brazil. Iran, however, have not played an international match in the last 6 months.
AFC Women’s Asian Cup India vs Iran: Team News, Injury Update
The midfield will be manned by the experienced Kamala Devi, Indumathi Kathiresan, and Anju Tamang, while Manisha Kalyan, who scored India’s lone goal against Brazil last year, might be India’s trump card in the absence of Bala Devi. Meanwhile, seasoned goalkeeper Aditi Chauhan is anticipated to take the gloves, while captain Ashalata Devi will command the defence. In the Indian camp, there are two unnamed COVID-19 positive patients.
For debutants Iran, which only began playing international football in 2005, apart from Behnaz Taherkhani and forward Sara Ghomi, their most experienced player, 22-year-old striker Hajar Dabbaghi will be one to watch out for.
India’s Predicted Starting XI
Aditi Chauhan (GK), Dalima Chhibber, Sweety Devi, Ashalata Devi, Manisa Panna; Anju Tamang, Indumathi Kathiresan, Ratanbala Devi; Dangmei Grace, Manisha Kalyan, Pyari Xaxa
Goalkeepers: Aditi Chauhan (1), Maibam Linthoingambi Devi (23), Sowmiya Narayanasamy (19).
Defenders: Dalima Chhibber (17), Sweety Devi Ngangbam (2), Ritu Rani (21), Loitongbam Ashalata Devi (4), Manisa Panna (3), Hemam Shilky Devi (5), Sanju Yadav (8).
Midfielders: Yumnam Kamala Devi (6), Anju Tamang (9), Karthika Angamuthu (20), Nongmeithem Ratanbala Devi (7), Naorem Priyangka Devi (14), Indumathi Kathiresan (12).
Forwards: Manisha Kalyan (16), Grace Dangmei (11), Pyari Xaxa (10), Renu (15), Sumati Kumari (22), Sandhiya Ranganathan (13), Mariyammal Balamurugan (18).
20 January: India vs Iran, Mumbai, 7.30 PM IST
23 January: India vs Chinese Taipei, Mumbai, 7.30 PM IST
26 January: India vs China, Mumbai, 3.30 PM IST
When does the match between India and Iran FC begin?
In their opening encounter of the tournament, India will face Iran at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai at 07:30 p.m. IST.
What TV channel will broadcast the match between India and Iran?
The AFC Women’s Asian Cup match between India and Iran can be watched on Eurosport Network.